On Saturday, Maui County culminated its largest products show, the 5th annual Made in Maui County Festival (MIMCF), on Nov. 2-3, 2018 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. According to the event’s presenters the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and Maui Chamber of Commerce, over 10,000 residents and visitors and nearly 400 wholesale buyers/distributors attended this major event which featured over 140 vendors from Maui, Molokai and Lanai offering hundreds of locally made products.
“I am continually inspired by the hard work and creativity of our locally made product vendors,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. “It has been a tremendous honor to shepherd this festival from a vision to where we are today in our fifth year. This festival is the best investment the County of Maui could possibly make to support the entrepreneurial eco-system that we have nurtured in this community.”
This annual festival is the most sought-after products show in Maui County offering a springboard for local companies to take their business to the next level by being able to unveil new products, meet with prospective wholesalers and connect with new customers.
Since the first MIMCF was held in 2014, this annual event has attracted over 50,500 residents and visitors in attendance, with participating vendors reporting over $2 million in total product sales. Key to the festival’s
Wayne Wong, Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network Center’s Director on Maui, who advises entrepreneurs for business success shared, “What this festival offers to its vendors is real world experience where they have the opportunity to utilize the best practices they only heard about to this point. It’s not unlike a marathon where they train in advance, except now, here’s the actual event that they’ve been training for. The festival becomes the actual opportunity to implement their new skills in retailing, merchandising, marketing, production and customer service. In this ‘race’ everyone is a winner having gone through this festival experience.”Read More